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2017-04-24 DR Congo Based Militia Defectors Speaks About Recent Infighting
[New Times] The DR Congo-based FDLR militia, which comprises elements blamed for the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, is wrecked by internal wrangles and is now weaker following another split last year, according to new defectors.

2017-04-23 Can Young Leaders Bring Change & Stem Violence?
[The Conversation Africa] Once again, the cycle of instability and political uncertainty has the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on high alert and agreements between prominent political actors have done little to stem the tide of violence.

2017-04-21 Suspected DR Congo Soldiers Kidnap Four Ugandans
[Monitor] Hoima -Four Ugandan fishermen have been abducted by suspected Congolese soldiers on Lake Albert in western Uganda, security officials have confirmed.

2017-04-21 UN May Ask ICC to Probe Mass Graves
[Deutsche Welle] UN investigators have confirmed the discovery of another 17 mass graves in central DRC, prompting the world body's top human rights official to raise the prospect of action by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

2017-04-20 New Divisions Threaten Stability in DR Congo
[ISS] Two political accords and three prime ministers later, and four months after Congolese President Joseph Kabila was due to leave office at the end of his second mandate, credible elections and political stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appear more elusive than ever.

2017-04-20 Tanzania's Former Minister Leads Second Peace Mission in Troubled DR Congo
[Daily News] Foreign Affairs and East African Co-operation Minister, Dr Augustine Mahiga and Deputy Foreign Ministers from Angola and Mozambique, arrived in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) yesterday to assess the political and security situation in that country.

2017-04-20 17 New Mass Graves Found in Central DR Congo - UN
[Al Jazeera] United Nations investigators have found 17 new mass graves in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in an area that has seen fighting between soldiers and members of a local armed group, according to the UN rights chief.

2017-04-20 Tanzania's Mahiga Leads SADC Team in DRC Congo to Check Political Situation
[Citizen] Dar es Salaam -Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Augustine Mahiga has arrived in Democratic Republic of Congo to lead a contingency of foreign affairs ministers from Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Troika mission.

2017-04-20 More Mass Graves Unearthed in DRC
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -United Nations investigators have confirmed the existence of at least 17 further mass graves in a Democratic Republic of the Congo region that is a scene of clashes between soldiers and a local militia. This brings to 40 the number of mass graves documented in the Kasai region. Staff from the UN Joint Human Rights Office and UN Police have confirmed the presence of the additional graves. Fifteen of the mass graves are in a cemetery in the town of Tshimbulu and two in the locality of Tshienk. The UN team ga

2017-04-19 Refugees Free UN Staff Held Hostage in DRC Camp
[Al Jazeera] The United Nations says 16 staff members held hostage at a UN camp in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have been released unharmed.

2017-04-20 Four Years On the Congolese Government Is Failing to Enforce Its Law Designed to Stem Conflict and Abuses in the Minerals Trade
[Global Witness] In February 2012, as the mineral-rich Kivu provinces in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo were descending into fighting once again, the Congolese government issued a law intended to help break the links between conflict, human rights abuses and the minerals trade. This law requires all tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold mining and mineral trading companies to conduct checks, known as due diligence, on their supply chains. These checks aim to ensure that the minerals they trade have not provided ar

2017-04-19 Displaced Congolese Exposed to Mass Atrocities
[CAJ News] Kinshasa -THE Democratic Republic of Congo and the global community have been urged to secure the safety of millions at risk of mass atrocity crimes in the dangerous eastern parts of the country. Armed groups plus tensions between authorities and a local militia following the killing of local chief, Kamuina Nsapu, have resulted in over 400 people killed in Kasaï, Kasaï Central and Kasaï Oriental provinces since last August. Of the 2,2 million internally displaced persons in the DRC, more than 1 millio

2017-04-19 Malawi Bears Brunt of Burundi, DRC Conflicts
[CAJ News] Lilongwe -MALAWI is battling a surge of refugees fleeing raging conflict in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The two Central African countries are experiencing bloody violence after their respective presidents Joseph Kabila and Pierre Nkurunziza clung to power at the expiry of their terms. Malawi government and United Nations officials said this has led to the number of asylum seekers into the country increasing since the beginning of the year, with about 4 000 having sought safety at the Luwani camp to

2017-04-19 DRC - A Tale of Two Corpses
[Daily Maverick] In the Democratic Republic of Congo, President Laurent Kabila's enemies are just as much trouble dead as alive. By SIMON ALLISON.

2017-04-19 South Sudan Refugees 'Hold 13 UN Staff Hostage' in DRC Camp
[Al Jazeera] Thirteen United Nations mission staff have been taken hostage by 100 unarmed South Sudanese refugees in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), demanding to be moved to a third country, according to a UN official based in the area.

2017-04-19 Home Affairs Clarifies Issue of DRC National
[SAnews.gov.za] Pretoria -The Department of Home Affairs has noted media reports regarding a national of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Paul Joseph Mukungubila, who had entered South Africa as an asylum seeker.

2017-04-19 South Sudanese Refugees Hold UN Staff Hostage in Congo
[Deutsche Welle] Former South Sudanese militants took 13 staff members hostage at a UN camp in eastern Congo, later releasing them without injury. Kinshasa has tried repeatedly to move them, but no other nation will take them in.

2017-04-18 Two Elderly Burundians Kidnapped From Their Farm in Congo
[Iwacu] Two elderly Burundian farmers, a husband and his wife, have been kidnapped by unknown criminals from their farm on the territory of the neighbouring Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in the morning of this Monday, according to the police.

2017-04-17 A Dictator's Dilemma
[Al Jazeera] Why has President Joseph Kabila chosen to cling to power beyond his constitutional term limit - which expired in December of 2016? Why has the man who organised Democratic Republic of Congo's only two multiparty elections since independence chosen to sow chaos and instability just when the country needs peace and stability the most? Why did he not proudly allow Congo's first ever peaceful transfer of power to take place, which could have been his greatest legacy?

2017-04-17 DR Congo Tycoon Drags Vodacom to Court Over Defamation, Demands Billions
[Daily News] The dispute on attachment of 1,092,000,130 shares of Vodacom has reached a new turn following a fresh move by businessman Moto Mabanga of DRC to demand over 10bn/-from Vodacom Tanzania Limited, for allegedly publishing defamatory statements against him.

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